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Princeton University Rankings 2019-2020: Global Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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Princeton University is one of the highly acclaimed universities in the world. Along with top ranks in academic and research programs, the university also guarantees the best student life. Princeton University has celebrated its Ivy-League reputation since its establishment. Princeton University’s acceptance rate is quite low and thereby admission to Princeton University is greatly rare. One of the elite universities in America, this university is ranked highly by trusted ranking agencies like THE, U.S. News & Niche.

Princeton University World Rankings

  1. Times Higher Education

Princeton University world ranking 2020 is 6th with an overall score of 93.2 beating Harvard University, which has been scored 93 this year. Harvard University has been earning the 6th position and Princeton University the 7th since 2017 World University Rankings. Princeton University alters this consistency in 2020 bringing Harvard down one rank to 7th this time and securing 6th place for itself.

This leap has proven beneficial for Princeton University.

Harvard University#6#6#6#7
Princeton University#7#7#7#6

The score breakdown for both the universities after careful analysis for the year 2020 is as given:

Princeton V/S harvard

Apart from the given parameters, Princeton University holds the top spot in value for money in education & thus has been increasing it’s racial and socioeconomic diversity. According to the Times Higher Education, Princeton University occupies #7 in World Reputation Rankings 2019.

2. QS - World University Rankings

A consistent ranking framework adopted by the QS World University Ranking System consists of six metrics that effectively outline a university’s performance.

Metric PointsWeightScore
Academic Reputation 40%99.9
Employer Reputation 10%98.6
Faculty/Student Ratio20%70.7
Citations Per Faculty20%100
International Faculty Ratio5%64.9
International Student Ratio 5%67.6

Princeton University has been granted an overall score of 90.9 by the QS and is ranked #13 in the QS World University Ranking 2020.

QS World University Ranking#11#13#13#13

Princeton University is most often compared with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University but, Princeton University has been awarded a very different rank than the rest by QS Rankings. MIT holds #1 and Harvard is ranked at #3. This vast difference is evident by the score breakdown of all the three universities given below:

Score Breakdown

QS World University Rankings also puts forward Graduate Employability Rankings based on Employer Reputation & Relations, Alumni Outcomes, and Graduate Employment Rate. It is ranked 15th in Graduate Employability with an overall score of 91.

3. The U.S. News & World Report

This opinion based ranking system is based on 13 indicators that assess the global and regional reputation of the University along with its academic performance. Indicators like these help students to explore higher education options beyond their own country’s boundaries.

Princeton University world ranking 2019 is 8th best by the U.S. News and World Report.

Following is a breakdown of how Princeton University performs on these indicators by World University Rankings U.S News & World Report.

Ranking IndicatorsPrinceton UniversityWeight
Global score85.6-
Global research reputation#812.5%
Regional research reputation#612.5%
Normalized citation impact#1010%
Total citations#857.5%
Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited#7312.5%
Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited#510%
International collaboration - relative to the country#695%
International collaboration#4795%
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited#545%
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited#115%

Princeton University National Rankings

1. Times Higher Education

According to the Times Higher Education, Princeton University’s national ranking 2020 occupies #5 position. Constantly ranked # 9 since 2017, Princeton University has improved its U.S. Ranking this time. THE calculates Princeton University’s U.S. Ranking based on the following scores:

  • Overall 90.2
  • Resources 28.0
  • Engagement 15.4
  • Outcomes 39.8
  • Environment 7.0

2. The U.S. News & World Report

Beating its academic rival, Princeton University of New Jersey topped the list of Best National Universities 2020 - for the ninth consecutive year - Harvard University came in second place.The U.S. News and World Report rank Princeton University #1 of top universities, seven years in a row. The U.S. News 2020 Best Colleges Rankings compare institutions on 12 diverse parameters judging academic quality. The following factors are taken into account by the U.S. News while calculating Best Colleges.

The Ranking FactorsWeight
Graduation and Retention22%
Graduation Rate Performance8%
Social Mobility5%
Class Size8%
Faculty Salary 7%
The proportion of full-time faculty with the highest degree in their fields3%
Student-Faculty Ratio1%
The proportion of faculty working full time1%
Expert Opinion 20%
Financial Resources10%
Student Excellence10%
Alumni Giving5%

Other Ranks Given To Princeton University

  • #1 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #1 in Best Value Schools
  • #2 in Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects
  • #3 in Writing in the Disciplines

3. Forbes

The Forbes Best Value College Ranking stands on a rather humane ground. It takes into account the economic and social aspects of higher education. Princeton University is a private not-for-profit type institution that celebrates value over prestige. Owing to this characteristic, Forbes has ranked the university #2 in America’s Best Value Colleges 2019. It uses the following formula to come up with such rankings:

20% rank on Forbes Top Colleges ranking 2018 + 20% student debt + 20% alumni earnings + 20% net price + 10% graduation rate + 10% Pell Grant recipients.

When it comes to academic quality, one should rely on the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges 2019. Princeton University national rankings are based on six general categories:

  • Alumni Salary 20%
  • Student Satisfaction 20%
  • Debt 20%
  • American Leaders 15%
  • On-Time Graduation Rate 12.5%
  • Academic Success 12.5%

Princeton University has been ranked #5 on the list of America’s Top Colleges 2019. Princeton University has consistently managed to offer excellent academics with affordable education.

On Forbes Lists

  • #5 Top Colleges 2019
  • #5 In Private Colleges
  • #5 In Research Universities
  • #4 In the Northeast
  • #2 America’s Best Value Colleges 2019

Subject-Specific Rankings

1. Times Higher Education

THE also ranks subjects offered by a particular university.

Below are the subjects offered by Princeton University which are among the top ten in the Times Higher Education 2020 Rankings:

Physical Sciences#1
Social Sciences#6
Arts & Humanities#7
Engineering & Technology#7
Life Sciences#8
Computer Science#9

2. QS - World University Rankings by Subject

It identifies the world’s strongest universities covering a total of 48 subjects. The top 20 Subject-Specific Rankings 2019 by QS World University Rankings are given below:

  • Mathematics #4
  • Classics & Ancient History #6
  • Arts & Humanities #7
  • Economics & Econometrics #7
  • English Language & Literature #7
  • Politics #7
  • Physics & Astronomy #8
  • History #8
  • Natural Sciences #11
  • Philosophy #11
  • Statistics and Operational Research #11
  • Modern Languages #12
  • Psychology #12
  • Computer Science and Information Systems #13
  • Sociology #13
  • Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences and Management #14
  • Chemical Engineering #15
  • Earth and Marine Sciences #16
  • Development Studies #17
  • Biological Sciences #20

3. The U.S. News & World Report

This school’s Global Subject Rankings are as follows:

  • #4 in Mathematics
  • #8 in Physics
  • #5 in Space Science
  • #9 in Geosciences
  • #12 in Mechanical Engineering
  • #13 in Environment/Ecology
  • #15 in Economics and Business
  • #15 in Computer Science
  • #17 in Chemistry
  • #18 in Arts & Humanities

Princeton University Review Rankings

Niche Rankings are based on meticulous analysis of reviews. This system is one of the most trusted opinion-based ranking agencies.

Some of the Niche Rankings are listed below:

  • #5 in Best Colleges in America.
  • #5 among Top Private Universities in America.
  • #6 among the Colleges with Best Academics in America.
  • #2 in Best Colleges for Public Policy in America
  • #8 in Colleges with the Best Professors in America
  • #15 Best Value Colleges of America
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